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Old 01-26-2009, 11:57 PM
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I have an interview this week for a position as a retoucher. I have many years of experience with Photoshop, though mostly self-taught, and am eager to learn more tricks of the trade. I am researching various professional retouchers and polishing up on my skills in the meantime.

Any advice or recommended links to look at to help me prepare for my interview and aptitude test?? Any favorite plug-in or tool packages to recommend?

Any advice is greatly appreciated- I really want to impress these guys!
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:09 AM
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Re: Self-taught Retoucher Going Pro

Welcome...

Sorry, Cant help you much on the testing part, but maybe if you could post some of your work, people can evaluate it and can help you become better. If your going to do this, post in the Photo Retouching section.

I too am self-taught, mostly learning from this web site alone. Look around, im sure yull find something that you have never seen or herd of before.

Hopfully you will be another great asset to the forum. HERE is a thread that has talked about the test before.

Well good luck on your test,
-Keven

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Old 02-05-2009, 03:59 AM
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Re: Self-taught Retoucher Going Pro

Hello Everyone, I am new here and have had an interest in photography for along but never did anything about it until now. There's no time like the present, right? Anyway, I see that there are a few self-taught people as well as professionals here. My question is how can one go from having some familiarity with Photoshop to becoming a professional photography retoucher? Either working for a company or building an independent service? Thanks for reading and your replies. Feel free to email me directly at debats2112@yahoo.com. Oliver
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:29 AM
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Re: Self-taught Retoucher Going Pro

Both of you need first and foremost luck, the right break at the right time. You've got to be completely willing and enthusiastic to work for peanuts to begin with. There are frankly 100's of people in studios working who have little or no practical interest, skill or talent, who have just been lucky enough to have been given a break at some point. Looking back my first real break, after trying massively hard for 5 years, was honestly just luck. This a strange time to try and break in - a massive recession caused all over the world by a largely incompetent US government, has created a problem in many industries. Choose a better time when there's a DEMAND might be better. You are likely to be competing with a great many experienced freelance retouchers out there who can't find enough work, and you'll be competing with only one asset - the willingness to work for lower money.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:50 AM
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Re: Self-taught Retoucher Going Pro

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True but discouraging!
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:14 AM
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Yep sorry bout that
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:31 AM
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Re: Self-taught Retoucher Going Pro

Hey, Apeman, we obviously screwed up over here (duh), but you Brits (well some of you) were just having a peachy time overhousing yourself, too. This is a worldwide housing bubble popping. Well, not in Japan, they learned their lesson in 1990.

BTW, I rent. And drive an old car. And don't own a 56" flat screen. Just sayin', you know, to sound smug and superior.


And I agree. It's all about luck at first break. After that, it's your ball to carry.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:48 AM
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Re: Self-taught Retoucher Going Pro

I rent too, unfortunately turns out my landlord seems to think his responsibility finishes as soon as he takes my cheque. Thats my problem, combined with the fact that these idiots who took out mortgages at 700% of their salaries are now being escorted through it. Bastards. And I don't like prunes either.
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:16 AM
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Re: Self-taught Retoucher Going Pro

I own a house and I have a permanent contract. Credit crunch is annoying, but to be honest there's still plenty of work going around. Just a lot more people trying to do it.

It'll blow over.
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:02 AM
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The credit crunch does suck. That's great to hear that you too think that there's plenty of work out there. I have always had an entrepreneurial mindset and know that every industry has competition but that only raises the professionalism and competence level! My main concern was knowing if someone who is self-taught is accepted in the industry. I have know learned that there are quite a few people who are self-taught and doing well. For now though I have to hone my skills and hope that sooner rather than later I will be ready. Does anyone know where I can go to get software at the lowest possible price? Some of the retail prices I have seen are up there.
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